While more than 1.1 million homes have been delivered since 2010 [Optional - Local Statistics (attached here):, including X in our local authority of Y,] more must be done to meet the target of 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. That is why I welcomed the recent publication of a draft revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework, providing a comprehensive approach for planners, developers, and councils to build more homes, more quickly, in the places people want to live.
This major overhaul to the Framework, the first in six years, includes a new housing delivery test, greater freedom for building on brownfield land, and a standardised method for assessing local housing needs. A consultation on the proposals has been launched to give everyone the opportunity to feed in views on proposals for the future of planning, which will run until 10 May.
These proposals will build on other steps taken to reform planning, including a £25 million Planning Delivery Fund to help speed up planning decisions, and encouraging local authorities to publish brownfield registers which have so far revealed 26,000 hectares of developable land across 16,000 sites.
I am confident that the reforms announced in the draft Framework, on top of the other measures the Government is taking to speed up the delivery of new homes, will help fix the broken housing market and restore the dream of home ownership for a new generation.